A sleepy village has been rocked by the death of a man – apparently after a fight over a dog.
A 68-year-old man has been released on conditional bail after being arrested on suspicion of murder in Storrington on Sunday morning after a man was found unconscious in the high street.
The 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Monday, a day after the tragic incident, it looked like nothing had happened.
But residents were shocked when many said nothing like this had ever happened in the village before.
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An employee at the village’s Nisa gas station, who has lived in the area for 11 years, said: “It’s shocking.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before. You don’t expect that in your hometown.”
A dog walker on Hawthorn Way said: “It’s a surprise that someone has died.
“It’s all Chinese whispers right now.”
Another resident, who has lived in Storrington for five years, said people were stunned by what had happened.
“It was a shock,” he said. “I’ve never had anything like this in the five years I’ve been here.”
MP for Arundel and South Downs Andrew Griffith said he was “sad” at the “horrific crime”.
“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the murder of a man in Storrington over the weekend,” he said.
“Sussex Police have my full support in their ongoing investigation into this horrific crime.”
Workers and residents from the area described how the police tried to rescue the man.
Some residents said the men were involved in an argument over a dog.
A 19-year-old bartender at nearby The Moon pub, who gave her name only as Skye, said: “What’s heartbreaking is to see the police resuscitate someone and then it didn’t work – it’s not something I do wanted to testify.”
“All we heard were sirens and then a lot of screaming and shouting.
“Apparently he had a dog with him and that was all, but we’re not sure, we had several people come in here today and told a different story.”
A heavy police presence remained in Old Drive for several hours, with officers and cordons dominating the area.
Anyone with information that may assist the detectives in their investigation is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Kingscross.
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